From lessons on design thinking to a series of talks modeled after TEDx events, the Annual Alumni Conference on April 27 will feature a full day of teaching by more than two dozen alumni, faculty, and staff. Alumnus Tom Kelley, MBA 83, general manager of design firm IDEO, will give the morning keynote talk, sharing meta-lessons his firm has learned from working with clients worldwide on thousands of design-thinking innovation projects. He will explain the [...]

Haas Professors Emeriti Oliver Williamson and Janet Yellen were honored as Berkeley Fellows earlier this year by Chancellor Robert Birgeneau. Williamson, the 2009 Nobel laureate in economics, and Yellen, vice chair of the Federal Reserve, were introduced to the prestigious group of Berkeley Fellows at a private dinner with the chancellor in February. The Berkeley Fellows are an honorific society of distinguished friends of the Berkeley campus, selected by the chancellor. The society was created [...]

Branding guru and Haas Professor Emeritus David Aaker will return to the Haas School for his annual marketing lecture on April 9 at 12:30 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Room. The lecture, “Three Threats to Relevance—Strategies that Work,” is part of the David Aaker Distinguished Speaker Series and is sponsored by the Dean’s Speaker Series, MBA Marketing Club, and Undergraduate Marketing Club. Registration is required; more details on registration will be provided as the event [...]

After joining the UC Berkeley faculty only two years ago, Haas Lecturer Daniel Mulhern has been awarded the seventh annual ASUC Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Teaching. The Golden Apple Award allows students to nominate and vote for their favorite professors on campus. Mulhern, who teaches courses on leadership in the Haas School and the UC Berkeley School of Law, said he was grateful to receive the honor. “I really love my students, and I [...]

Berkeley-Haas Dean Rich Lyons will join Stanford Graduate School of Business Dean Garth Saloner in a discussion about incubating global leadership on Friday, March 29, at the 10th annual Global Technology Symposium in Silicon Valley. Lyons and Saloner will talk about the role of educators in combining innovation with integrity. Their discussion will be moderated by Don Dixon, co-founder and senior managing director of Trident Capital. The symposium is the leading investment conference on venture [...]

Kevin Chou, BS 02, and Sheldon Kimber, MBA 07, were named to this year’s “40 Under 40″ list of young professionals who “hit home runs,” compiled by the San Francisco Business Times. Chou, 32, is co-founder and CEO of Kabam, a free-to-play video game maker. Kimber, 35, is chief operating officer of Recurrent Energy, a solar energy developer. They were recognized at an event at AT&T Park March 7. Chou has grown Kabam into a [...]

Thirty-nine teams, including 16 from Haas, are competing for larger cash prizes and a new $100,000 grant and mentorship program in this year’s UC Berkeley Startup Competition, a marquee entrepreneurship event at the university. Teams will practice their pitches and get feedback from lawyers, entrepreneurs, and VCs at an upcoming Launchpad event April 3. Then the 39 teams will compete in the April 23 semifinals. Teams compete in four tracks: IT & Web, Life Sciences, [...]

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